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Monday Morning Motivation – Disciplined

(Sharing Resources to Help You Grow Personally, Professionally & Financially)

Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement — along with a good cup of coffee! — to start the day.

Hopefully the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week.  Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to others that you think would benefit from the content.


My favorite quote of all time is from Jim Rohn:

  • We must all live with one of two pains. The pain of discipline or the pain of regret

Oh how I wish that I had been more disciplined!

Now there is a real irony there in that those that know me would remark that I am one of the most disciplined people they know / wonder how I could be so upset with myself about this topic.

It’s because it does not matter simply how disciplined you are MOST of the time, but it matters that you are disciplined ALL of the time.  Now some are going to say you can’t do anything ALL of the time.  I agree.  But sometimes the lack of discipline – even for a moment – can lead you down paths that are destructive and have impacts that last for long periods of time

The key, in my mind, is to recognize that being disciplined is the cornerstone of our success.  And NOT being disciplined is the cornerstone of our failure.

Most all of us have fairly good clarity on what we should and should not do.  And yet most all of us don’t exercise discipline to follow through as much as we would like.

Does this mean we are beyond hope?  Nope.  It just means that we need to pick ourselves up, recognize that our failures do not define us, ask for forgiveness, and move forward with a new commitment to being disciplined.

Will we fail?  Absolutely.  But, we have to be disciplined enough to get back on our feet and try yet again.  For when we quit trying we start dying!

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Would your life be better or worse if you were more disciplined?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning and I wish you all the best for the week.


(Note:  Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that one person will find a bit of inspiration and that inspiration will have a positive impact on their life.  My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.  For the next several months I’m going to be drawing from Zig Ziglar’s book “Over the Top”.  It’s a great source of inspiration and wisdom and I would be remiss if I didn’t give him credit up front for the motivation)


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At F5 Financial Planning we focus on helping individuals and families find balance between faith, friends and family, fitness and finance.  We make sure that they have the financial freedom to enjoy those things in life that are important to them.  And while we believe the left-brain facts and data are critical; we work with our clients to get them in the right state of mind to focus on the goals they want to achieve.

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Curt Stowers

Curt Stowers

Curtis Stowers helps individuals and families across the United States grow their financial assets, particularly in the Naperville, IL region. He is a Certified Financial Planner, holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is the founder of F5 Financial.